Omg,vet Charges For Spays Are Highway Robbery!!!!!

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The vet I used for my rabbit spay charged $10 more than for a cat (in 2009, $95 for a cat, $105 for a rabbit). Because, he said, it's the same procedure physically but he had to use the "special" anesthetic, which he claimed, at that time, cost $10 more than regular anesthetic for an animal that size. So, because of him, I will forever be suspicious of any vet who charges substantially more for a rabbit spay/neuter than for a cat spay/neuter, lol.
None of the clinics in my area will touch any small animals. The vet I went to is one of two in a 50 mile radius who will do rabbits. They charged $350 for neuter and $400 for spay, which was about $100 more then a cat there. Part of it is the different medication but also rabbits have to get pain medication because if they stop eating it for a day it can destroy their digestive system.
 
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Google for low cost spay / neuter clinics in your area. There may even be spay / neuter assistance programs in your state.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs

Spays are more costly than neuters because it's a more involved surgical procedure.
 

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Understand that health care is extremely expensive! Anesthesia is risky for anyone hence the bloodwork, fluids, post op meds to ensure the safety and comfort of the animal. Vets are NEVER in it for the money- its expensive to become a vet and techs make basically minimum wage

I know that the info in this pic is 10 years old but it gives you a good idea that clinics arent in it to make a quick buck
 

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Where do you live? We can help find something cheaper!
 
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My costs on the last two kittens I had was $1,000 on my girl to a year and $650 for my boy to a year old. That is just vet too. The boys neuter was only $50 at the clinic but I had to pay twice for blood testing due to a false positive. Both had a couple appointments in the first year for kitty colds, etc. Vaccines using purevax and regular appointments add up.

Add in food and toys and it was easily $1,500 for the first year. Of course, that is me with a cat only vet and buying the lowest carb kitten food I can find.

Pets aren't cheap. You don't even want to know what it costs to neuter a rabbit.
I agree that pets aren't cheap, but vets should not be charging such insane prices so that only the "very well off" should consider having one! Or no one should ever take in a stray(as my Seryy was), or take a free(low cost) kitten or puppy from an ad......wait until the owners have to turn them over to a shelter, where they will be vet checked,vaccinated and neutered/spayed,and one can get them for about $60!!!
 
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I had a cat get spayed in a clinic. Absolute nightmare experience. Horrible scar and something went wrong inside. I ended up paying easily triple that over the next several years dealing with the complications. So with Rocket I decided to find the absolute best in terms of care level regardless of the price. I saved where I could on other things and am blessed to be in a position where I could make it work with my budget (ramen for a while there). Her surgery site was a tiny perfect incision and she healed beautifully. Worth every penny.
My daughter had 3 females spayed and 1 male neutered at that clinic. All were littermates born to a stray that came to the horse farm.
This is the clinic here in north-central Ohio~https://www.mapletonvet.com/.
It is a rural area with a lot of Amish around.
 

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I take it you haven't been to a human Dr. lately? Most office visits are in the 220.00 range, a visit to the ER for just a few hours is 1500.00 and my husband had a hernia surgery 10 years ago that was 85,000.00! I have had more cats spayed and neutered than I can count and all have been in the 150.00 to 160.00 range, but that includes all vaccinations too. Well worth it to cut the population back, it costs much more to feed all those cats! I'm putting out about 125.00/mo just to feed the strays I have now! i had one little female that had 17 kittens in one year before I could catch her, can you imagine how many I would have when in 6 months those babies start having babies? It's a nightmare. MUCH cheaper no matter what it costs......
 
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I take it you haven't been to a human Dr. lately? Most office visits are in the 220.00 range, a visit to the ER for just a few hours is 1500.00 and my husband had a hernia surgery 10 years ago that was 85,000.00! I have had more cats spayed and neutered than I can count and all have been in the 150.00 to 160.00 range, but that includes all vaccinations too. Well worth it to cut the population back, it costs much more to feed all those cats! I'm putting out about 125.00/mo just to feed the strays I have now! i had one little female that had 17 kittens in one year before I could catch her, can you imagine how many I would have when in 6 months those babies start having babies? It's a nightmare. MUCH cheaper no matter what it costs......
As I am type2 Diabetic, I see my Dr. about every 3 months, and I believe most doctors are legalized dope-pushers! Fortunately I have very good insurance from the steel mill where my late husband worked. I pay $10 co-pay for office visits.
 
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As I am type2 Diabetic, I see my Dr. about every 3 months, and I believe most doctors are legalized dope-pushers! Fortunately I have very good insurance from the steel mill where my late husband worked. I pay $10 co-pay for office visits.
Don't know how to Edit our own posts, but I wanted to add that despite my good insurance, I still think most doctors are greedy money -lusters, who over schedule patients like an assembly line!
 

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I agree that pets aren't cheap, but vets should not be charging such insane prices so that only the "very well off" should consider having one!
I am not very well off. I saved and budgeted to be able to adopt my cats for several years before getting them. The price you were quoted for a spay at a private practice is reasonable. Vets have expenses related to operating that they have to pay and there are low cost options for those who can't afford a private practice.

I don't know any vet who charges extreme prices to make it so only well off can afford to have pets. They charge the prices they need to to pay for their expenses and make a small amount of profit.
 
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It's still a good deal even on the expensive side. Say it costs $240. That's $20 a month for a year, which most people can manage. And way cheaper than kittens!

It just takes some money management. A lot of people who say they can't afford basic vet care sure seem to be able to afford a case of beer or cigarettes :/.

(Also, if your local shelter can spay/neuter all the animals and only ask for a $60 adoption fee, that's amazing! You should adopt from them as much as possible :D)
 
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As I am type2 Diabetic, I see my Dr. about every 3 months, and I believe most doctors are legalized dope-pushers! Fortunately I have very good insurance from the steel mill where my late husband worked. I pay $10 co-pay for office visits.
I agree that pets aren't cheap, but vets should not be charging such insane prices so that only the "very well off" should consider having one! Or no one should ever take in a stray(as my Seryy was), or take a free(low cost) kitten or puppy from an ad......wait until the owners have to turn them over to a shelter, where they will be vet checked,vaccinated and neutered/spayed,and one can get them for about $60!!!
What you are forgetting here is that in both situations the price that you are paying for services is heavily subsidized. The doctor is still getting paid a decent amount for your office visit, but that amount comes from insurance rather than you. The shelter cat or kitten's surgery ($60 seems very low, but ok...) was also likely subsidized by vets donating their time for free or at a reduced rate, and by local funding sources such as city-run spay/neuter programs. Something is paying those bills, but you just don't see it. As such they don't represent the real cost of the service that you are using.

Your local vet is not getting extra funding to cover spay costs and is probably providing a much better and safer operation. The prices you quoted are not highway robbery by any stretch of the imagination. They are, in fact, quite cheap. It bothers me that anyone would give away a puppy or kitten for free or low cost, because the cost of the pet in no way represents the actual cost of pet ownership.

The first year of my kitten's life I paid $800 for the kitten (registered purebred), around $900 for various vet bills including his neuter and shots, and around $1200 for food/toys/other random things. Kittens are not cheap, and if that low cost for spay/neuter throws you then you should probably crunch some numbers to figure out where you stand longer term. It breaks my heart when I see people post on this forum about their cat running into medical emergencies that they can in no way afford. Long term planning helps with that.
 

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There is a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the SPCA in my city that charges between $50 and $200 per surgery (depending on whether the pet is a cat or dog and male or female). Are you in a rural area? Is there no SPCA or similar organization nearby?

Many low-cost clinics are well-run, clean, and employ highly-qualified vets.

I especially lucked out with my SPCA -- they currently have a grant to spay/neuter pets for free if you live in certain inner-city zipcodes, like I do, so my kittens were fixed for free. They received excellent, free post-surgery care and pain medication. My girl had a minor complication, a seroma, and her follow-up visits were free and available as walk-ins. They were wonderfully caring and communicative as well.
 
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What you are forgetting here is that in both situations the price that you are paying for services is heavily subsidized. The doctor is still getting paid a decent amount for your office visit, but that amount comes from insurance rather than you. The shelter cat or kitten's surgery ($60 seems very low, but ok...) was also likely subsidized by vets donating their time for free or at a reduced rate, and by local funding sources such as city-run spay/neuter programs. Something is paying those bills, but you just don't see it. As such they don't represent the real cost of the service that you are using.

Your local vet is not getting extra funding to cover spay costs and is probably providing a much better and safer operation. The prices you quoted are not highway robbery by any stretch of the imagination. They are, in fact, quite cheap. It bothers me that anyone would give away a puppy or kitten for free or low cost, because the cost of the pet in no way represents the actual cost of pet ownership.

The first year of my kitten's life I paid $800 for the kitten (registered purebred), around $900 for various vet bills including his neuter and shots, and around $1200 for food/toys/other random things. Kittens are not cheap, and if that low cost for spay/neuter throws you then you should probably crunch some numbers to figure out where you stand longer term. It breaks my heart when I see people post on this forum about their cat running into medical emergencies that they can in no way afford. Long term planning helps with that.
My family had cats/dogs all my life into old age, but we would have never dreamed of spending the kind of money mentioned here! They were fed good quality food, had lots of toys, but no way on earth does the AVERAGE person have hundreds of dollars to spend on a pet, from the get go, and it should not be that expensive! That is flat out ridiculous. I love them, but I'm sure in heck not going to put them on the level of a GOD, or even a human, for that matter! They are animals, and a loving family, with good food, toys, and shelter, and being spayed/neutered should be enough, but insane vet costs, should put them out of a job! If I have to drive an hour away for a vet that is not out to rip me off, to pay for his/her YACHT/Country Club fees, then I will gladly do so!
 
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I love them, but I'm sure in heck not going to put them on the level of a GOD, or even a human, for that matter! They are animals, and a loving family, with good food, toys, and shelter, and being spayed/neutered should be enough, but insane vet costs, should put them out of a job!
I guess this is where you and I differ. I don't see the spay/neuter surgery as the end of my responsibility to provide medically for my cat. That first year I had an initial checkup with the vet, initial vaccinations with boosters, a neuter, a checkup for diagnosing/medicating herpes, and a vet visit where I found out he had a UTI that needed antibiotics and cystitis. Paying for that care is not putting my cat "on the level of a god", it was simply making sure that he was healthy and would remain so. I hate to think of what might have happened if I chose not to take him in. Maybe I'd be dealing with a cat that has kidney damage from an out of control UTI - who knows? I also don't see these costs as being insane, despite that I live in a more expensive area for vet care. They were quite reasonable and my vet worked with me to figure out financially what the best approach was to manage his health. The point of my posting that information was to give you some perspective on how expensive an animal can be, especially when things go wrong (keep in mind that these costs aren't even that extreme).

If you want some real perspective google what it costs to treat / do a pyometra spay and be thankful that you don't have that cost to deal with.
 

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I love them, but I'm sure in heck not going to put them on the level of a GOD, or even a human, for that matter! They are animals, and a loving family, with good food, toys, and shelter, and being spayed/neutered should be enough
I sure hope you would bring them to the vet if you had reason to suspect that they were sick or injured...

But more generally, there is a middle ground here. Not all vets charge such high prices, and lower-cost does not necessarily mean lower-quality. It does depend on your area, but "shopping around" is often a good idea, as long as you do your research on each facility.

And there are ways to avoid wallet-walloping expenditures. I live on an extremely tight budget and personally could not afford to pay a vet bill of hundreds or thousands of dollars up front should something happen to one of my cats, but I have taken measures to reduce the potential blow. I can work pet insurance into my monthly budget, and I opened a CareCredit account (I realize that not all vets accept this, but many do; I also realize that some people do not have good enough credit to open an account for a variety of reasons -- but it is an option for many).

Most vets are far from rich, by the way, especially considering their debt from vet school.

Hoping this depolarizes the debate a bit...
 

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We use the low cost clinic a lot. Not all low costs are created equally, so ask questions and use your best judgment as to whether or not you're comfortable with them. Some places are teaching universities and a vet won't do the actual procedure but will be there to oversee everything that student does, which is a good solution.
For ferals, wild cats, or barn cats that need to be trapped we don't do blood work. It sounds like we don't care about them, but we've fostered (and neutered), TNR'ed, etc., a LOT of cats and kittens and have never lost one to the anesthetic, ever. It could happen, but our track record has been very good.
 

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This may sound bad, but you don't HAVE to get your pet spayed or neutered. On the other hand, taking care of pets is never cheap anyways! A lot of people wait until an emergency to help their pets. And then the problems may be piling at that point... And the bills.
 

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I should mention that my first year costs were high even for my area. Rocket was sickly when she joined us. She had many appointments in the first year because she'd stop eating, develop a fever or have runny eyes. We never figured out what was wrong and a round of antibiotics cleared it up. Another reason I went with a more expensive spay for her. Once she turned a year old she stopped having health issues and we've been clear since. Link on the other hand had to be tested multiple times for diseases due to false positives and had a vaccine reaction. Since his kitten hood he has had a broken leg, rebroke the same leg, abcess surgery, abcess drain/flush, and major constipation, all in less than five years. So his vet care has been expensive too. My Mom's cat just had a neuter and annual appointments, so her vet costs are significantly lower.

It is possible to go with clinics and be under $200 for the first year and under $50 a year after in my area. While I am not rich by any means, I budget to pay more for a cat only vet and have a small svaings I started before I got my cats for medical emergencies.
 

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This may sound bad, but you don't HAVE to get your pet spayed or neutered. On the other hand, taking care of pets is never cheap anyways! A lot of people wait until an emergency to help their pets. And then the problems may be piling at that point... And the bills.
As someone who’s kitty cat is currently losing their battle with mammary cancer (probably due to not being spayed early in life) I completely disagree.

Spay and neuter as soon as you can. I did indeed have huge vet bills now just because I didn’t spay early on... and my kitty cat won’t be with me soon either... most likely because of me.
 
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